Van plows down multiple pedestrians in Toronto

A Canadian man who apparently had a grudge against women was charged with murder Tuesday after allegedly plowing a rented van onto a crowded Toronto sidewalk, killing 10 people — an incident that shocked the nation.

Police said the suspect, 25-year-old Alek Minassian, was not known to them before Monday’s carnage in Canada’s most populous city, which also left 14 people injured. Most of the victims were women.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale played down any suggestion that the attack bore the hallmarks of those carried out by truck-driving extremists in London, Nice and other cities, saying “there is no discernable connection to national security.”

But authorities said the incident during the busy lunch hour Monday was undoubtedly deliberate.(AFP)

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<p>A hazmat worker scrubs the sidewalk of blood and debris after a mass killing on Yonge St. at Finch Ave. on April 24, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo: Cole Burston/Getty Images) </p>
Van plows down multiple pedestrians in Toronto

A hazmat worker scrubs the sidewalk of blood and debris after a mass killing on Yonge St. at Finch Ave. on April 24, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo: Cole Burston/Getty Images)

<p>A police officer smiles as he walks off with used police tape after the partial opening of Yonge Street at Finch Avenue April 24, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo: Cole Burston/Getty Images) </p>
Van plows down multiple pedestrians in Toronto

A police officer smiles as he walks off with used police tape after the partial opening of Yonge Street at Finch Avenue April 24, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo: Cole Burston/Getty Images)

<p>Hazmat workers work around the scene at Yonge St. on April 24, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo: Cole Burston/Getty Images) </p>
Van plows down multiple pedestrians in Toronto

Hazmat workers work around the scene at Yonge St. on April 24, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo: Cole Burston/Getty Images)

<p>Vahe Minassian, father of Alek Minassian, is surrounded by members of the media as he leaves court with a police escort in Toronto on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP) </p>
Van plows down multiple pedestrians in Toronto

Vahe Minassian, father of Alek Minassian, is surrounded by members of the media as he leaves court with a police escort in Toronto on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

<p>Police officers comb a street for evidence after a van struck multiple people along a major intersection in north Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Carlo Allegri/Reuters) </p>
Van plows down multiple pedestrians in Toronto

Police officers comb a street for evidence after a van struck multiple people along a major intersection in north Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

<p>Alek Minassian, a 25-year-old Richmond Hill, Ont., man is shown in this image from his LinkedIn page. (Photo: The Canadian Press/HO) </p>
Van plows down multiple pedestrians in Toronto

Alek Minassian, a 25-year-old Richmond Hill, Ont., man is shown in this image from his LinkedIn page. (Photo: The Canadian Press/HO)

<p>In this courtroom sketch, Duty counsel Georgia Koulis, from left, Alek Minassian, Justice of the Peace Stephen Waisberg and Crown prosecutor Joe Callaghan appear in court in Toronto on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Alexandra Newbould/The Canadian Press via AP) </p>
Van plows down multiple pedestrians in Toronto

In this courtroom sketch, Duty counsel Georgia Koulis, from left, Alek Minassian, Justice of the Peace Stephen Waisberg and Crown prosecutor Joe Callaghan appear in court in Toronto on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Alexandra Newbould/The Canadian Press via AP)

<p>Police cars remain parked outside of of the Toronto area home of Alek Minassian in Richmond Hill, Ont., on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP) </p>
Van plows down multiple pedestrians in Toronto

Police cars remain parked outside of of the Toronto area home of Alek Minassian in Richmond Hill, Ont., on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (Photo: Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

<p>Farzad Salehi consoles his wife, Mehrsa Marjani, who was at a nearby cafe and witnessed the aftermath when a van plowed down a crowded sidewalk, killing multiple people and injuring others, Monday, April 23, 2018, in Toronto. (Photo: Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press via AP) </p>
Van plows down multiple pedestrians in Toronto

Farzad Salehi consoles his wife, Mehrsa Marjani, who was at a nearby cafe and witnessed the aftermath when a van plowed down a crowded sidewalk, killing multiple people and injuring others, Monday, April 23, 2018, in Toronto. (Photo: Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press via AP)

<p>Emergency services close Yonge Street in Toronto after a van mounted a sidewalk crashing into a crowd of pedestrians on Monday, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) </p>
Van plows down multiple pedestrians in Toronto

Emergency services close Yonge Street in Toronto after a van mounted a sidewalk crashing into a crowd of pedestrians on Monday, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

<p>Police are seen near a damaged van after a van mounted a sidewalk crashing into pedestrians in Toronto on Monday, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press via AP) </p>
Van plows down multiple pedestrians in Toronto

Police are seen near a damaged van after a van mounted a sidewalk crashing into pedestrians in Toronto on Monday, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press via AP)

<p>Bouquets of flowers are placed at a makeshift memorial to the victims as a woman writes her condolences after a van mounted a sidewalk crashing into pedestrians in Toronto on Monday, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press via AP) </p>
Van plows down multiple pedestrians in Toronto

Bouquets of flowers are placed at a makeshift memorial to the victims as a woman writes her condolences after a van mounted a sidewalk crashing into pedestrians in Toronto on Monday, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press via AP)

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Van plows down multiple pedestrians in Toronto

<p>Police officers stand by a covered body in Toronto after a van mounted a sidewalk and crashed into a crowd of pedestrians on Monday, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press via AP) </p>
Van plows down multiple pedestrians in Toronto

Police officers stand by a covered body in Toronto after a van mounted a sidewalk and crashed into a crowd of pedestrians on Monday, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press via AP)

<p>A couple look down the road after an incident where a van struck multiple people at a major intersection in north Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Chris Donovan/Reuters) </p>
Van plows down multiple pedestrians in Toronto

A couple look down the road after an incident where a van struck multiple people at a major intersection in north Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Chris Donovan/Reuters)

<p>A tarp covers an unidentiified body on Yonge St. at Finch Ave. after a van plowed into pedestrians on April 23, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo: Cole Burston/Getty Images) </p>
Van plows down multiple pedestrians in Toronto

A tarp covers an unidentiified body on Yonge St. at Finch Ave. after a van plowed into pedestrians on April 23, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo: Cole Burston/Getty Images)

<p>Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders, front left, Toronto Mayor John Tory, Premier Wynne and Ralph Goodale, Federal Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness walk together towards a news conference after viewing the scene where a rented van plowed down a crowded Toronto sidewalk on Monday, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) </p>
Van plows down multiple pedestrians in Toronto

Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders, front left, Toronto Mayor John Tory, Premier Wynne and Ralph Goodale, Federal Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness walk together towards a news conference after viewing the scene where a rented van plowed down a crowded Toronto sidewalk on Monday, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

<p>Two people comfort each other after a rented van plowed down a crowded sidewalk, killing multiple people and injuring others before the driver fled and was quickly arrested in a confrontation with police, according to authorities, Monday, April 23, 2018, in Toronto. (Photo: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) </p>
Van plows down multiple pedestrians in Toronto

Two people comfort each other after a rented van plowed down a crowded sidewalk, killing multiple people and injuring others before the driver fled and was quickly arrested in a confrontation with police, according to authorities, Monday, April 23, 2018, in Toronto. (Photo: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

<p>A police detective investigates an incident where a van struck multiple people at a major intersection northern Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Chris Donovan/Reuters) </p>
Van plows down multiple pedestrians in Toronto

A police detective investigates an incident where a van struck multiple people at a major intersection northern Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Chris Donovan/Reuters)

<p>A injured person is put into the back of an ambulance in Toronto after a van mounted a sidewalk crashing into a number of pedestrians on Monday, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Aaron Vincent Elkaim/Canadian Press) </p>
Van plows down multiple pedestrians in Toronto

A injured person is put into the back of an ambulance in Toronto after a van mounted a sidewalk crashing into a number of pedestrians on Monday, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Aaron Vincent Elkaim/Canadian Press)

<p>A pedestrian, who police say was a witness to a van striking multiple people at a major intersection in Toronto’s northern suburbs, reacts in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Carlo Allegri/Reuters) </p>
Van plows down multiple pedestrians in Toronto

A pedestrian, who police say was a witness to a van striking multiple people at a major intersection in Toronto’s northern suburbs, reacts in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

<p>Firemen cover a victim of an incident where a van struck multiple people at a major intersection in Toronto’s northern suburbs, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Carlo Allegri/Reuters) </p>
Van plows down multiple pedestrians in Toronto

Firemen cover a victim of an incident where a van struck multiple people at a major intersection in Toronto’s northern suburbs, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

<p>A police officer takes a picture of a covered body after a van struck multiple people at a major intersection northern Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Saul Porto/Reuters) </p>
Van plows down multiple pedestrians in Toronto

A police officer takes a picture of a covered body after a van struck multiple people at a major intersection northern Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Saul Porto/Reuters)

<p>Toronto police officers talk to a woman after a van mounted a sidewalk crashing into a crowd of pedestrians in Toronto on Monday, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) </p>
Van plows down multiple pedestrians in Toronto

Toronto police officers talk to a woman after a van mounted a sidewalk crashing into a crowd of pedestrians in Toronto on Monday, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

<p>The feet of a victim are pictured at the scene of an incident where a van struck multiple people on Yonge Street in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Carlo Allegri/Reuters) </p>
Van plows down multiple pedestrians in Toronto

The feet of a victim are pictured at the scene of an incident where a van struck multiple people on Yonge Street in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

<p>Police inspect a van suspected of being involved in a collision injuring at least eight people at Yonge St. and Finch Ave. on April 23, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. A suspect is in custody after a white van collided with multiple pedestrians. (Photo: Cole Burston/Getty Images) </p>
Van plows down multiple pedestrians in Toronto

Police inspect a van suspected of being involved in a collision injuring at least eight people at Yonge St. and Finch Ave. on April 23, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. A suspect is in custody after a white van collided with multiple pedestrians. (Photo: Cole Burston/Getty Images)

<p>Emergency services close Yonge Street in Toronto after a van mounted a sidewalk crashing into a number of pedestrians on Monday, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Aaron Vincent Elkaim/Canadian Press) </p>
Van plows down multiple pedestrians in Toronto

Emergency services close Yonge Street in Toronto after a van mounted a sidewalk crashing into a number of pedestrians on Monday, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Aaron Vincent Elkaim/Canadian Press)

<p>A tarp lays on top of a body on Yonge St. at Finch Ave. after a van plowed into pedestrians on April 23, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. A suspect is in custody after a white van collided with multiple pedestrians. (Photo: Cole Burston/Getty Images) </p>
Van plows down multiple pedestrians in Toronto

A tarp lays on top of a body on Yonge St. at Finch Ave. after a van plowed into pedestrians on April 23, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. A suspect is in custody after a white van collided with multiple pedestrians. (Photo: Cole Burston/Getty Images)

<p>A police officer responds to an incident where a van struck multiple people at a major intersection in Toronto’s northern suburbs in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Carlo Allegri/Reuters) </p>
Van plows down multiple pedestrians in Toronto

A police officer responds to an incident where a van struck multiple people at a major intersection in Toronto’s northern suburbs in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

<p>Witnesses are pictured at the scene of an incident where a van struck multiple people on Yonge Street in Toronto, Ontario, Canada April 23, 2018. (Photo: Carlo Allegri/Reuters) </p>
Van plows down multiple pedestrians in Toronto

Witnesses are pictured at the scene of an incident where a van struck multiple people on Yonge Street in Toronto, Ontario, Canada April 23, 2018. (Photo: Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

<p>Police secure an area around a covered body, Monday, April 23, 2018, in Toronto, after a van mounted a sidewalk and crashed into a crowd of pedestrians. The van struck the pedestrians and fled the scene before it was found and the driver was taken into custody, Canadian police said. (Photo: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) </p>
Van plows down multiple pedestrians in Toronto

Police secure an area around a covered body, Monday, April 23, 2018, in Toronto, after a van mounted a sidewalk and crashed into a crowd of pedestrians. The van struck the pedestrians and fled the scene before it was found and the driver was taken into custody, Canadian police said. (Photo: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

<p>A Toronto police officer stands guard at the police line after a van mounted a sidewalk crashing into pedestrians in Toronto on Monday, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP) </p>
Van plows down multiple pedestrians in Toronto

A Toronto police officer stands guard at the police line after a van mounted a sidewalk crashing into pedestrians in Toronto on Monday, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

<p>A police officer stands over a covered body in Toronto after a van mounted a sidewalk crashing into a number of pedestrians on Monday, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Nathan Denette/Canadian Press) </p>
Van plows down multiple pedestrians in Toronto

A police officer stands over a covered body in Toronto after a van mounted a sidewalk crashing into a number of pedestrians on Monday, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

<p>Toronto police responds to an incident where a van struck multiple people at a major intersection in Toronto’s northern suburbs in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Chris Donovan/Reuters) </p>
Van plows down multiple pedestrians in Toronto

Toronto police responds to an incident where a van struck multiple people at a major intersection in Toronto’s northern suburbs in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Chris Donovan/Reuters)

<p>An Ontario Provincial Police officer responds to an incident where a van struck multiple people at a major intersection in Toronto’s northern suburbs in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Chris Donovan/Reuters) </p>
Van plows down multiple pedestrians in Toronto

An Ontario Provincial Police officer responds to an incident where a van struck multiple people at a major intersection in Toronto’s northern suburbs in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 23, 2018. (Photo: Chris Donovan/Reuters)

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